Actor Spotlight – Kristen Livengood

Kristen Livengood, our brilliant Operations Manager, is returning to the Parkway stage in this season’s production of Amélie!

PPH: What do you like about acting at Parkway Playhouse? 

Kristen: The best thing about performing at Parkway is that everyone is so kind and supportive of each other. We belly laugh at each other’s comedic timing, we applaud each other and we help each other when we can’t remember what scene comes next. We truly are a family and we love what we do. It’s so easy to call Parkway a home away from home, because we have each other’s backs. I’ve never worked at another company that has felt this close-knit. It’s something special.


PPH: Were you familiar with the film before the process? How has it influenced your performance, if at all?

Kristen: I had seen the film when I was in college and remember it having a huge influence on my life. My best friend and I used to create very intricate scavenger hunts for each other, and when my husband and I first started dating, I would create these incredibly long scavenger hunts that would take him hours to solve – all to find a can of black olives (his favorite). I haven’t rewatched the film prior to working on this project, because I didn’t want to copy what the actors in the film had done. I definitely plan to watch the film again soon, though.


PPH: What makes this particular experience unique?

Kristen: This is my first time performing scripted theatre after the birth of my son. I definitely feel rusty and I’m a lot more tired than I used to be, but working with this incredibly talented cast and creative team has been so energizing and inspiring and I feel like I’m able to stay in touch with me as a person and not just me as a mom.

Come see Kristen, as well as the rest of the immensely talented cast, in the last weekend of Amélie at Parkway Playhouse!

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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